[ REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7171, January 09, 1992 ]
AN ACT TO PROMOTE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FARMERS IN THE VIRGINIA TOBACCO-PRODUCING PROVINCES
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:
SECTION 1. Declaration of Policy. - It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Government to extend special support to the farmers of the Virginia tobacco-producing provinces inasmuch as these farmers are the nucleus of the Virginia tobacco industry which generates a sizeable income, in terms of excise taxes from locally manufactured Virginia type cigarettes and customs duties on imported blending tobacco, for the National Government. For the reason stated, it is hereby further declared that the special support for these provinces shall be in terms of financial assistance for developmental projects to be implemented by the local governments of the provinces concerned.
SEC. 2. Objectives. - The special support to the Virginia tobacco-producing provinces shall be utilized to advance the self-reliance of the tobacco farmers through:
- Cooperative projects that will enhance better quality of products, increase productivity, guarantee the market and as a whole increase farmers' income;
- Livelihood projects particularly the development of alternative farming systems to enhance farmers' income;
- Agro-industrial projects that will enable to tobacco farmers in the Virginia tobacco-producing provinces to be involved in the management and subsequent ownership of these projects such as post-harvest and secondary processing like cigarette manufacturing and by-product utilization; and
- Infrastructure projects such as farm-to-market roads.
The funds allotted shall be divided among the beneficiary provinces pro rata according to the volume of Virginia tobacco production.
Provinces producing Virginia tobacco shall be the beneficiary provinces under this Act: Provided, however, That, to qualify as beneficiary under this Act, a province must have an average annual production of Virginia leaf tobacco in an amount not less than one million kilos: Provided, further, That the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) shall each year determine the beneficiary provinces and their computed share of the funds under this Act, referring to the National Tobacco Administration (NTA) records of tobacco acceptances, at the tobacco trading centers for the immediate past year.
The Secretary of Budget and Management is hereby directed to retain annually the said funds equivalent to fifteen percent (15%) of excise taxes on locally manufactured Virginia-type cigarettes to be remitted to the beneficiary provinces qualified under this Act.
The provisions of existing laws to the contrary notwithstanding the fifteen percent (15%) share from government revenues mentioned in this Act and due to the Virginia tobacco-producing provinces shall be directly remitted to the provinces concerned.
SEC. 4. Repealing and Amending Clause. - All enactments, legislative acts and rules and regulations inconsistent or incompatible with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.
SEC. 5. Effectivity Clause. - This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
|JOVITO R. SALONGA||RAMON V. MITRA|
|President of the Senate||Speaker of the House of Representatives|
This Act which originated in the House of Representatives was finally passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on December 10, 1991 and December 9, 1991, respectively.
|EDWIN P. ACOBA||CAMILO L. SABIO|
|Secretary of the Senate|| Secretary General|
House of Representatives
Approved: January 9, 1992
CORAZON C. AQUINO
President of the Philippines
President of the Philippines